How to prevent lock snapping03/31/2015 Back To Blog
Lock snapping, as the name gives away, involves breaking of the lock hardware using physical force of any sort. This has been one of the means by which burglars gain entry into residential homes and they execute it quickly using only pedestrian tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, and just about any solid item. Euro Profile cylinder locks are typically installed in PVC and composite doors in residential homes and homeowners need to be careful in such cases. After forcible breaking, the locking mechanism is then exposed allowing easy picking or any manner of manually disengaging the lock. As this presents serious threat not only to property but also to precious lives, the immediate text lays down ways to prevent this from occurring.
If you have identified that your doors are fitted with the aforementioned Euro Profile cylinder lock, you may want to change it altogether to another type of a more secure kind of lock. There is a plethora of door locks commercially available depending on the amount of security desired. There are deadbolts, latches, or lever types whose locking mechanism is much safer. Our locksmith company should be able to apprise you on the merits and demerits of each. You may also reinforce your existing problematic one with another that is not prone to snapping. Again, options abound. Bottom line, on the side of over-cautiousness never risking safety by leaving your Euro Profile cylinder lock as is.
However, this is not to discount the functionality of cylinder locks altogether. The prevalence of reported incidents prompted lock manufacturers to come up with products resistant to breaking through sheer application of force. Now, the standard to seek is the SS312 Diamond which guarantees anti-snap cylinders. Should that be an unavailable option, seek for at least a TS007 compliant cylinder which features 1 to 3 Stars Kitemark engraved into the hardware. A 3-star Kitemark assures resistance to snapping. For complete protection, you may wish to upgrade your other door parts aside from the cylinder, like handles, to 1- to 3-Star Kitemark hardware. Thankfully, several companies now offer anti-snap cylinders coupled with multiple options for added security. You may similarly search for parts which meet the BS 3621:1998 or BS: EN 1303 specifications, bearing the appropriate seal of Secured by Design from the UK Police. Products compliant with these specifications are deemed and designed to be theft-proof owing to its creative mechanism.
While at it, consider evaluating your other locks and launch a general check and lock repair fest as suggested by our team. Our expert can assess your building’s security needs and provide you with appropriate hardware, at the same time install them. Prevention sure beats cure in this situation.